I cannot avoid the impression that Jesus prefers working with unpromising recruits. Once, after He had sent out 72 disciples on a training mission, Jesus rejoiced at the successes they reported back. No passage in the Gospels shows Him more exuberant. "At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit said, 'I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was Your good pleasure'." From such a ragtag band Jesus founded a church that has not stopped growing in 19 centuries.
Philip Yancey, "The Jesus I Never Knew," page 100